Fireworks & Pets 

Today many people consider their pets to be part of the family. Every year thousands of these beloved animals are lost or hurt due to the result of fireworks. The thunderous bangs and crashes frighten and traumatize them to the point where their lives and safety are at risk.

Often on holidays, like Independence Day, pets get so terrified that they run away from home resulting in them either getting injured or killed by a car, or ending in a shelter where they may or may not be reunited with their family. Events such as that come at a cost of both emotional and monetary distress for all those involved. 

It is always important to remember to be safe around fireworks and here are some general pet safety tips courtesy of the United States Humane Society, which will help keep your pet out of harm’s way.

1) Resist the urge to bring your pet to firework displays.
2) Do not leave your pet in the car.
3) Keep your pets indoors in a quiet, sheltered place.
4) If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult your veterinarian for ways to alleviate their fear or anxiety.
5) Never leave your pet outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain.
6) Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly.